40th Construction Fair Turkeybuild Istanbul Addresses 40 Different Subjects
The 40th Construction Fair Turkeybuild Istanbul was a touchstone for the construction sector, presenting events on 40 different subjects, world-famous speakers, awards and the display of innovative materials. It was held in the Tuyap Fair and Congress Center on May 23-27, 2017.
In honor of this being the 40th year for this event, 40 different subjects were discussed within the scope of the fair. World-famous architects and other experts from across the world talked about real estate, new products, innovation, design, architecture, job opportunities, the future of the construction sector, sustainability, occupational safety, marketing and careers. Exhibit space covering 100,000 m2 across indoor and outdoor areas was filled with 18,640 products, put on display by more than 1,000 participants, and were seen by the 82,427 visitors at the event. Companies representing the elevator sector included Günsan Elevator, Geta Group, Emak Elevator, Burak Elevator and Liftinstittuut.
Muhamed Ifriquine, Istanbul consul general of the Kingdom of Morocco, gave the opening speech in the fair, which was organized by YEM Fair. Ifriquine said he came to Istanbul about 25 years ago, and that it has changed significantly since then, becoming the dynamic city it is today. Underlining that the relationship between Morocco and Turkey, especially in the construction sector, is very important for his country, Ifriquine reminded those gathered that a free trade agreement was signed between the two countries in 2006. He said that Turkish builders have carried out important projects in Morocco, which has been appreciated. “The Moroccan market offers really significant opportunities,” Ifriquine said. “Morocco has indeed a small economy, but the construction sector is very dynamic: 8-10% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) consists of the construction sector.”
Ifriquine said that Morocco’s infrastructure has been renewed and highways and barrages have been built, many with the involvement of Turkish companies.
“North African countries present stable growth”
Burcu Başer, general manager of YEM Fuarcılık, said the North African countries hosted in the “Guest Region Project” of the fair this year represent fast-recovering, stable economic growth. Başer said, “Within the scope of the relevant project, we have guests from Morocco, which is a potential growth area for Turkish construction sector.” He noted trade in construction materials with Tunisia and Algeria.
On the first day of the fair following the opening, the importance of the North African market to Turkey’s construction sector was highlighted with the North Africa-Turkey Construction Forum and Bilateral Jobs meeting, which was called to facilitate the creation of new job opportunities and investment incentives. Speakers included representatives of the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Morocco, Consulate General of Tunisia, the Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria Builders’ Association, the Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria Businessmen’s Association, the head of the Turkish Builders’ Association, the vice chairman of IMSAD Turkey and high-level representatives from the Eximbank Credits Directorate and DEIK.
Golden Magnet Booth Design Awards were given
Construction Fair Turkeybuild’s traditional booth design competition, the “Golden Magnet Awards,” was organized with a ceremony on the second day of the event. The grand award was given to the booth of Gentaş Grup-Genmar A.Ş, which was designed by architect Ozan Onal from Redpin Design. Second prize went to Idil Banu Ozcan from Space Solutions for the booth of Turk Ytong San A.Ş. Third prize was received by architect Zafer Han for the booth of Ege Seramik San ve Tic. A.Ş. The booth of Akgün Seramik San. Ve Tic. A.Ş designed by interior architect Cagri Ozalp, received honorable mention. The YEM Fuarcılık special award was given to the booth of Stoq Elektronik ve Dış Ticaret A.Ş designed by Seref Ozer from Feltouch Yapı Tasarım San. Tic. A.Ş.
“We were the sector’s focus of interest for 5 days”
Başer said Construction Fair Turkeybuild is one of the world’s five largest construction fairs, and the largest construction materials fair in an area consisting of the Balkans, CIS countries, the Middle East and North Africa. He said the fair was the industry’s focus of interest for five days, adding:
“We thank all the participants and guests for their interest in our fair, completed as the biggest fair in the sector, with 82,427 domestic and foreign guests this year. With Construction Fair Turkeybuild Istanbul, which has been the biggest summit in the Turkish construction sector for 40 years, we are determined to provide new markets for the sector and strong information flow as our missions. In order to increase the contribution we provide for construction, which is highly important for the country’s economy, we continue our works. For this purpose, we hosted the North African countries this year, which have fast-improving economic growth under “Guest Region Project” within the scope of the fair’s ‘Business Development Platform’ events. In addition, especially for the 40th year, we provided information for the sector’s professionals in 40 different events organized under the titles of architecture, real estate, new product, the future of construction products, sustainability, occupational safety, design, and marketing. Huge interest in the projects and events carried out give us strength for our next fair works. Now, we will continue our works and investments in order to develop our sector.”